1) As rumoured before Windows 8 Explorer will have ribbon UI. As you can see from the below picture, its ribbonized. 2) According to Manan, Windows 8 is going to have “Chatter” a unified voice & IM application built within the OS itself. It will be cool to have an application that allows you to IM or call an user from Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo and more. More details on it here. 3) There was no mention of Zune service on Windows 8 yet. Also Zune icon/tile was missing from the new immersive start screen. 4) OEM Activation 3.0: Microsoft during its COMPUTEX demo said Windows 8 will feature OEM Activation 3.0 technology that enables end-users with seamless activation experience. more details on this here. 5) Still no word on Silverlight as development platform on Windows 8. Sinofsky just confirmed that Silverlight will run inside IE10 browser which we all know. ...

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After the mention of Qualcomm and TI in the chipset makers of Windows 8 devices by Microsoft, both the companies have now announced their next generation chipsets compatible with Windows 8. Both are ARM based architectures with GPU builtin. TI’s announcement, Texas Instruments introduced today the power-efficient OMAP4470 applications processor, designed to deliver the perfect balance between processing power, graphics, display subsystem functionality and multilayered user interface (UI) composition. The multicore OMAP4470 processor surpasses current market solutions with clock speeds up to 1.8 GHz, an 80 percent increase in Web browsing performance, increased memory bandwidth, a 2.5x boost in graphics functionality-via the POWERVR™ SGX544 core from Imagination Technologies-and a unique hardware composition engine. Qualcomm’s announcement, Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced today that its upcoming award-winning Snapdragon™ family of smart mobile processors, including the  MSM8960™ with integrated 3G/LTE modem, is designed to power devices running the next version of Windows. The companies’ collaboration continues ...

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At COMPUTEX event yesterday, Microsoft previewed Windows 8 for its hardware partners. During the demo, Microsoft detailed the hardware specifications of Windows 8. Windows 8 will be able to run on a wide range of machines because it will have the same system requirements or lower. Support for AMD Llano processor. “Not multiple versions of Windows, just one version of Windows running on all of them.” Qualcomm, NVIDIA and TI for ARM reference designs. Snapdragon with “always on, always connected.” mode. NVIDIA’s quad-core Kal-El support, Whether x86 or ARM, same app expereince. OEM Activation 3.0 1366 x 768 resolution for the best Windows 8 experience and 1024 x 600 for normal Windows experience. We have some recommendations on bezel sizes so you can easily hold the system and edge to edge glass screen. Support for SSD’s and wide range of sensors. Source, Image Credit: Engadget ...

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